Dan Mullen’s first season with the Florida Gators ended with huge wins over Florida State andMichiggan, and to go along with their great recruiting, their defense is beginning to make them an elite force that could challenge Georgia in the SEC East.
CJ Henderson, a 6-1, 191-pound cornerback, is the Gators’ most intriguing player when it comes to NFL Draft lore from scouts. He played a huge role in Florida posting 37 sacks, 14 interceptions and holding opposing quarterbacks to to 54.2% completion.
The Gators will also have back CB Marco Wilson, who tore his ACL early last season. Their backfield will be led by safeties Brad Stewart Jr. and Donovan Stiner.
Tigers have options at Tight End, tight end, linebacker options
With LSU tight end Greedy William’s leaving the program for the NFL, the Tigers have senior Kristian Fulton and true freshman Derek Stingley Jr. — who is endorsed by head coach Ed Orgeron — to step into the starting spot, or at least compete for it.
The Tigers also lost linebacker Devin White to the NFL as well, and sophomore Micah Bakersville and senior Michael Divinity Jr. are possible options on that front.
Safety Grant Delpit could also equal the success of White. LSU is having him wear the “playmaker” jersey this season, and he can easily be one of the best in the nation at his position. Delpit had five picks and 5.0 sacks last season.
Wildcats need stronger production from WR corps
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has been quoted saying that quarterback Terry Wilson has made “enormous” jumps during the offseason. But Wilson may have a deficit at the wide receiver position, now.
The Wildcats need true freshman Tae Tae Crumes to step up, since Lynn Bowden Jr.’s play fell last season. Bowden caught 67 passes but only averaged 11.1 yards per catch. And losing transfer Tavin Richardson and tight end CJ Conrad doesn’t help, either.